No matter how young they might be and how poor or dirty they might look oh, you never buy anything from a street kid ***if it is past their bedtime OR when on school days during school hours*** If all foreigners start refusing to purchase things from these kids we will quit seeing them out at 1:30 in the morning like I did today. I have known these kids since early November. They are carrying the youngest member who has just barely begun walking. They quickly recognized me and often turn away from me knowing that I always say no go home go to bed. Sometimes they catch me at the first place I ever ate Pho on my arrival, (photos below). Then then hit me up for food. Now feeding the poor is much different from giving money to the poor. I even have issues about giving cash to orphanages. Giving abroad is challenging if you are a US company. I give cash on all the good deeds here. I want to encourage other business to give cash because it “instantly fixes the problem” or at least its a step in the right direction. You may want to go down a few more posts (there are more pages at the bottom of this page) and you will see a lady who has to be close to 80 years old sleeping on the curb with her legs in the street. A check from a US bank is not going to help her “immediate circumstances”. If you go a few more pages back, you will see a senior I photographed, squeezed between to other people on a scooter. She was clearly just released from the hospital. She has a tube feeder in her nose still. I wanted to put them in taxi but the truth is you can get across town much faster on a motorbike. You have not seen poor if you have never been outside of America, trust me on this one.
If you want to help the poor and trust me I know all about being poor. Those of you who have read my other post know that I was actually homeless not once but twice with my mother and younger sister. The first time I was age 13, the second time I was at age 17. I started my business at age 21 and I have never looked back. Still I carry the memories.
I carry the memories because I know they are a big contribution to the successful person I am today. I know what it was like to be hungry I know what it is like to be poor. I know what it’s like not to have heat in the house during winter time. I know it is like to have no electricity.
If you want to help the poor people of the world, you should consider giving food and water first. The basic human needs. You will be surprised how often they turn down the offer to purchase food or water. That tells you they only want cash and they most likely have a drug or alcohol problem and that’s what they need your funds for.
In regards to children, most of them are being controlled by an elder and just being placed out on the street to gather as much funds as they can which will be handed off to someone.
Before I send the street kids away, I always ask “Are you hungry?” and they almost always say, YES!.
On Saturday, March 14th I went to District 1 to visit Bui Vien Street, the most popular tourist spot in all of Saigon. It is also just like any other tourist hot spot, where are these Street children always tend to roam. The most common thing they tend to sell is gum. I figure it does the best around bars and they are filling the supply and demand needs of the intoxicated. Speaking of that.
How could anyone let such small children run around the street with tons of people around, especially hundreds of intoxicated or impaired people. Why did I go to this place at 1:30 in the morning.?
Because on this day the government closed all bars, restaurants, massage parlors in other places of entertainment such as sporting events and theaters due to the corona virus. Many people will be out of work here and hungry in the near future.
For those of you who do not know I was also supposed to be a dad but it didn’t work out. You can read about it on the “about me” page, be prepared it’s long but if you are curious about who I am as a person, as a man, you will get those answers on that page.
Tomorrow is promised to no one…
More photos below…
Call your mother, tell her you love her…